New Era in Coyote Women's Basketball

Image Dawn Plitzuweit New USD women's head basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit speaks to the team, supporters and reporters on Monday, April 25, 2016, in the Muenster University Center.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- University of South Dakota athletic director David Herbster introduced new head women’s basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit Monday at a news conference in the Muenster University Center. Read the full story.

Plitzuweit has compiled a 188-93 record for a winning percentage of .669 in nine years as a head coach, most recently at Northern Kentucky. She’s also been an assistant or head coach at Michigan, Grand Valley State, Green Bay, Wisconsin and her alma mater, Michigan Tech. The West Bend, Wisconsin, native and her husband have a teenage son and daughter. Read more about her.

USD hired Plitzuweit to fill the position left vacant when Amy Williams went to Nebraska three weeks ago after leading the Coyotes to the WNIT championship in front of a sold-out crowd at the DakotaDome.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News